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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Natural gas production from the Utica shale within Ohio is expected to increase tenfold from 155 million cubic feet a day in January 2012 to a projected 1.3 billion cubic feet per day by next month, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA included Utica results for the first time in its monthly drilling productivity report. According to the report, the Utica is "one of the fastest growing natural gas production areas of the United States" as evidenced by increased drilling productivity and drilling...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- What once was a dingy beige building at 2905 Glenwood Ave. that nearly blended in with those surrounding it now stands out. You can’t miss it. That’s because The Sherwin-Williams Co., a Fortune 500 company based in Cleveland, provided 39 gallons of bright green, orange and yellow paint -- and the tools to apply it -- to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. and Green Youngstown.  As part of Sherwin-Williams' National Painting Week, Lillian DeFrance's building -- it houses her restaurant...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan statistical area again tops the list of lowest-cost metro areas in the country, with a median single-family home price of $78,600. Next lowest is Rockford, Ill., at $85,300. Rounding out the top five lowest-cost areas are Elmira, N.Y., $87,800; Decatur, Ill., $90,900; and Toledo, Ohio, $95,900, according to the National Association of Realtors. The five most expensive housing markets in the second quarter were the San Jose, Calif., metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $899,500; San...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Jim Burgham, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 64 in Youngstown, was appointed to the eight-person IBEW International Executive Council, effective this month. Burgham, of Poland, represents District 3, comprised of Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan. He is the first local officer to hold this position. “It’s an honor to represent our area and have a voice on a national level,” Burgham said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to having input on issues that affect the entire IBEW membership.”...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- New York choreographer Staś Kmieć has signed a two-year contract as artistic director of Ballet Western Reserve, the organization announced Saturday. The contract includes an exclusive pre-professional training program in BWR’s school and a dance company. “The impact Kmieć made three years ago and again during the recent spring season prompted the board to seek his expertise to rejuvenate, redesign, and reimagine BWR,” said Sabrina Shapiro, board president. The motto he established for BWR in 2011 -- "Inspiration, Professionalism and Dance...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore SALINEVILLE, Ohio -- Classes begin Aug. 19 at the new Utica Shale Academy, regardless of whether the school meets the state's requirements for enrollment. As of last Friday, the school had 22 students enrolled, three fewer than the minimum of 25 needed to keep the school, housed at Southern Local Junior/Senior High School here, open. If enrollment doesn't reach the threshold by Sept. 15, the school will close, says Chuck Kokiko, chief academic officer for the Jefferson County Educational Service Center. But he...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MERCER, Pa. -- Penn-Northwest Development Corp. has been awarded a 15-year loan of $1.28 million at 2.25% by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority in behalf of Integrated Fabrication & Machine Inc., Sharpsville. The company will use the proceeds to acquire and renovate a plant in Hempfield Township, Mercer County. Integrated Fabrication & Machine, which produces high quality stainless steel, copper, aluminum and titanium specialty fabrications to the capital goods market, will purchase and renovate a 68,000-square-foot structure to further its...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Author:  Suzanne Elliott PITTSBURGH -- Drinking water in the Upper Ohio River basin is safe to drink, but it remains vital that the monitoring of runoff into the region’s rivers and creeks be continued. That’s the conclusion of water quality experts from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia who spoke Monday at the Convergence at the Confluence, a daylong conference hosted by the Three Rivers QUEST water-quality monitoring program. The event, funded by Colcom Foundation of Pittsburgh, was held at Duquesne University. QUEST, the acronym...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The State Controlling Board voted Monday to approve a $43,000 roadwork development grant to the Mahoning County engineer’s office Monday for improvements to support Hynes Industries’ expansion. The project includes the reconstruction of a two-lane, deteriorated roadway used at the main access road to the industrial park that connects North Meridian Road to Four Mile Run road.  In May, following approval of a seven-year, 40% job-creation tax credit. Hynes announced that it would consolidate operations at its Oakwood Avenue headquarters and sites on...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals Club has issued its last call for nominations to its 25 Under 35 recognition program. Nominations are due Aug. 15, and 25 young professionals will be honored Feb. 5, 2015. Young professionals will be honored for their professional accomplishments and community service. Twenty-five honorees will be selected from all nominations received. All responses to questions on the official nomination form will be rated by an independent selection panel. The 25 nominees with the highest average rating will be recognized...

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